My sister-in-law is 45 today! I know it’s a cliche, but I don’t know how she does it all. I was thinking about her during my busy weekend when I was baking and sewing and making jam and cleaning the house after a 40+ hour week. She does all that, too, plus mom stuff plus volunteering plus she’s going to school (again!).

All that busy-ness, though? It’s because she wants to make things better: for her family, by being able to earn more with another degree; for her community, by showing up to change things; for her friends and siblings by making herself available to help.

Lately I’ve been trying to let go of how I think things should be and just show up for the people I love, because the showing up is the point. Altair knows this and I’m trying to be more like her–busy and tired but showing up anyway, over and over and over.

Happy birthday, Altair! We love you.